Black Ops 2 launched on Nov. 13 (Photo : Activision)
When Black Ops II launches for the Wii U on November 18, the series' Elite service will not be supported by Nintendo's console, an Activision representative told Kotaku.
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"We are currently evaluating options for Call of Duty Elite to support Nintendo's Wii U game system, however Call of Duty Elite for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will not support this platform when the game launches on November 13th."
Call of Duty Elite originally provided enhanced stat tracking and clan support for free, and offered the option to pay a $50/year subscription for regular map pack releases. Activision has since rolled back its yearly charge, and is re-instituting the now-standard "Season Pass" for map bundles when Black Ops II releases.
Eric Hirschberg, Activision's Publishing Chief Executive, stated:"What we have realized is that several of the 'Call of Duty Elite' services which are currently only available to our premium members... would further unite, engage and delight our player community."
More specifically, Elite features Player HQ, Clan HQ, Zombies Support, Call of Duty Elite TV, and Social Sharing/Notifications. Player HQ tracks enhanced game stats and challenges. Clan HQ gives consumers the tools to manage their own clans. Zombies Support tracks stats for the game's Zombies modes. Call of Duty Elite TV will give players access to developer tips and will now support tablets. Activision's official site states that Elite TV is "loaded full of videos featuring tips on loadouts, playstyles, the best ways to play the maps, and more."
On the social side, Elite facilitates in-clan communication and keeps gamers up to date on Black Ops II news.